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By Robert Barnard

A Bront? Encyclopedia is an A- Z encyclopedia of the main amazing literary relations of the nineteenth century highlighting unique literary insights and the numerous humans and areas that stimulated the Bront?s’ lives.Comprises nearly 2,000 alphabetically prepared entriesDefines and describes the Bront?s' fictional characters and settingsIncorporates unique literary decisions and analyses of characters and motivesIncludes assurance of Charlotte's unfinished novels and her and Branwell's juvenile writingsFeatures over 60 illustrations

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Tom is the only son of the Bloomfields. A boy of seven, he is headstrong, imperious, and cruel. ” Like many in the Brontë novels he is judged by his treatment of animals: the scene in ch. 5 with the nestlings is one of the most painful in the novels. ), and possibly an established family joke. ” This is the sort of biblical joke or flippant citation that caused raised eyebrows from some readers of Charlotte’s and Emily’s novels. Boarham, Mr (no first name given): suitor to Helen Lawrence (later Huntingdon) in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, a droning, tedious, narrow-minded man whose character is analyzed in ch.

British Museum: there is no record of any of the Brontës visiting the great museum, but it was something Branwell longed to see. However, he wrote somewhat Micawberishly in his last years that though he had once longed for a week to range through it, “now . . my eyes would roam over the Elgin marbles, the Egyptian saloon and the most treasured volumes like the eyes of a dead cod fish” (to J. B. Leyland, 24 Jan 1847). Broad, The: home of Mary Burder near Wethersfield in Essex. Broadbent, Dr (no first name given): a speaker at a Bible Society Meeting in Shirley, commented on by the Misses Sykes – a beautiful speaker, but “like a butcher in appearance” (ch.

Atkinson, Mary: wife of Rev. Thomas Atkinson of Liversedge, subject of several letters from Charlotte to Ellen Nussey in 1849–50, and presumably a member of Ellen’s Birstall/Gomersal circle. She was diagnosed as consumptive in 1849, but though she was “wasted” when Charlotte and Ellen saw her in July 1850, she shortly after became a mother. She died almost immediately afterwards, and Charlotte commented to Ellen that her child “could only be reared to die” (2 Sep 1850). The baby died in October.

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